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North Korean Rocket Fails After Launch

A U.S. official says the rocket broke up into pieces. North Korea had announced it was planning the launch of an observation satellite to celebrate Sunday's centennial of the birth of Kim Il Sung, the country's late founder.
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Deep Skepticism Persists Over Cease-Fire In Syria

Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan briefed the Security Council on the tenuous ceasefire that took hold in Syria early on Thursday. Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with the foreign minister of Russia which has been the main backer of the Bashar Assad regime since the uprising began 13 months ago.
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Fragile Cease-Fire Survives First Day In Syria

A cease-fire went into effect at dawn in Syria on Thursday, but there have already been some violations. Syrian army snipers reportedly opened fire in Homs and incidents have been reported elsewhere in the country. For the most part, the army has stopped bombardments of cities and towns but troops and tanks remain in urban areas in violation of Kofi Annan's UN peace plan.
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In Mexican Viral Video, Children Act Out Scenes Of Crime And Corruption

A realistic and fast-paced "mockumentary" shows violence and corruption in Mexico — portrayed exclusively by child actors. The video, which challenges politicians to improve life in Mexico, has been viewed more than 1.8 million times since it was posted on YouTube Monday.
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Myanmar's Isolation Gives Way To A Flood Of Visitors

The rapid pace of political change in Myanmar in the past year — capped by the recent election of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to Parliament — has tourists and foreign investors rushing to the country. And it's starting to get a little crowded.

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